Court sentenced 6 April Movement activists to 9 years in prison
Protestors in Talaat Harb Square - YOUM7/Ahmed Ramadan

CAIRO: Qasr Al-Nil Misdemeanor Court sentenced 9 activists from the 6 April youth movement to two years in jail as they were accused of violence actions during demonstrations in Talaat Harb square, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

The 9 activists were arrested from down town Sep. 24 demanding the abolition of the Protest Law during an unlicensed demonstration.

The Attorney General had referred the defendants to trial on charges of breaching Protest Law, stirring public unrest and sabotage of private and public properties.

Since it was issued in 2013, The Protest Law has stirred controversy among political factions. However, several media outlets said the Cabinet might reconsider the Law.

The Cabinet spokesperson Hossan Qawesh denied the government’s intention to cancel or amend the law any time soon.

Earlier this year, Qasr Al-Nil Misdemeanor Court has sentenced other 15 activists to three years in prison over clashes erupted in November 2013 nearby Mohamed Mahmud street.

Several activists launched anti-law campaigns demanding it to be canceled. These campaigns included wide hunger strikes that was participated by activists inside and outside the jail.

Freedom for Brave Facebook page called on Oct. 9 for a hunger strike to show solidarity with detained activists who renewed their calling for another hunger strike.

“Freedom to the Brave campaign invites humanity all over the world to stand in solidarity with the people who are on hunger strike inside prisons.” according to the Freedom for Brave’s Facebook page.

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